Advocacy Blog

  • CompTIA pens op-ed on “Why trade wars over tariffs are not the answer for tech”

    by Liz Hyman | Jun 19, 2018
    CompTIA’s Elizabeth Hyman, executive vice president for public advocacy at CompTIA, penned an op-ed in the San Jose Mercury News on June 19 on “Why trade wars over tariffs are not the answer for tech.” The op-ed is below, and link available here.
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  • 2018 Excellence in Cybersecurity Awards Ceremony: Recognizing Exceptional Public Officials and Members of Congress Who Work to Build Our Cyber Workforce

    by Claudia Hurowitz and Lana Sansur | Jun 19, 2018
    This week, CompTIA held its fourth annual Excellence in Cybersecurity Award ceremony in Washington D.C. The ceremony recognizes Members of Congress and federal agency program managers who are making important strides to improve the federal cybersecurity workforce.
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  • CompTIA Space Enterprise Council SEC focuses on Space Weather and National Land Imaging, Experts Call for Updates to Current US Policy

    by David Logsdon | May 18, 2018
    On May 15th, the CompTIA Space Enterprise Council hosted Michael Bonadonna, Executive Secretary, Space Weather Operations, Research and Mitigation, NOAA and John Cullen, Senior Advisor for Program Strategy, National Land Imaging, US Department of the Interior. Bonadonna is the US lead for our country’s space weather policy.
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  • Congress Tackles Blockchain and the Supply Chain

    by David Logsdon | May 18, 2018
    On May 8th, CompTIA Advocacy attended the House Subcommittee on Oversight and Subcommittee on Research and Technology hearing “Leveraging Blockchain Technology to Improve Supply Chain Management and Combat Counterfeit Goods.”
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  • White House Artificial Intelligence Summit: Future of AI

    by David Logsdon | May 18, 2018
    On May 10, CompTIA attended the Artificial Intelligence for American Industry Summit hosted by the White House. Discussion centered around the promise of AI and the policies that are needed to realize that promise for the American people and maintain U.S. leadership in the age of artificial intelligence.
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  • CompTIA Applauds Governor Brown for Reaffirming Need for Online College in May 2018 Budget Revision

    by Kara Bush | May 14, 2018
    The California State Legislature retained funding in the May 2018 state budget revision for Governor Brown’s bold proposal for a new 115th community college to be offered completely online. The online college addresses a critical gap in higher education in California by providing access to skills, training and credentials millions cannot otherwise obtain.
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  • CompTIA HSITAG Hears from the West Coast at the APHSA Policy Summit

    by Jennifer Saha | May 10, 2018
    Part of CompTIA’s monthly Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) meeting strategy is to co-locate with popular industry conferences in order to draw speakers that are not easily accessible. Fortunately, that is just what happened this week when HSITAG hosted Pankaj Bhanot, Director of the Hawaii Department of Human Services and Adam Dondro, Agency Information Officer for the California Health & Human Services Agency.
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  • A Look at 2018 Federal Tech Policy and Tech Spending

    by Lana Sansur | May 01, 2018
    Last week, the CompTIA State & Local Government and Education (SLED) Council hosted its first SLED Summit of the year at the Verizon Tech & Policy Center in Washington DC. We heard from government and public sector leaders, the federal government and other local leaders who dove into issues relevant to our SLED Council membership. One of our speakers was Charles Cooper, executive vice president of the Signal Group who provided a federal tech policy government outlook with a deep dive into the current administration and how federal policies will affect policy and tech spending at the state/local level.
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  • Update on FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018

    by David Logsdon | Apr 27, 2018
    On Thursday, The House of Representatives began consideration of H.R. 4, the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018 – a bipartisan, five-year bill to reauthorize the programs of the Federal Aviation Administration, provide long-term stability for the Nation’s aviation community, invest in U.S. airports, and make necessary reforms to improve American competitiveness and safety in aviation. There were a number of amendments offered, focusing on drones. CompTIA submitted comments on the amendments, supporting one amendment while voicing our dissent with another.
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  • CompTIA Testifies in Support of California After School Coding Grant Program

    by Kara Bush | Apr 27, 2018
    On Wednesday, April 25th CompTIA testified before the California State Assembly Committee on Education in support of AB 2098 by Assemblyman Kevin McCarty (D-Sacramento). CompTIA and TechNet are co-sponsoring the measure which would establish a three-year pilot for a 21st Century After-School coding grant program within the After-School Education and Safety (ASES) framework.
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  • California SGA Meeting and Second Annual Capitol Cup in Sacramento, CA – April 18, 2018

    by Kelly Hitt | Apr 19, 2018
    The CompTIA California State Government Affairs Committee held its in person meeting on Wednesday, April 18th in Sacramento, CA. Every April is a very busy time in the California Legislature with policy deadlines around the corner. The Committee reviewed and took positions on a robust legislative agenda which can be found here.
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  • CompTIA’s April HSITAG Meeting Teams Up with the Healthcare IT Connect Summit

    by Jennifer Saha | Apr 05, 2018
    For the first time, CompTIA’s monthly Human Services IT Advisory Group (HSITAG) meeting on April 4 teamed up with a widely attended industry conference, the Healthcare IT Connect Summit in Baltimore, MD.
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  • Change to One of the Most Important Laws of the Internet Could Have Unintended Consequences

    by Matthew Starr | Mar 15, 2018
    On February 27, the House passed the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (FOSTA) by a 388-25 vote. Given the overwhelming support for the bill reflected in the vote, you might think this bill was largely non-controversial, but you’d be mistaken. Despite FOSTA’s vital goal of curbing online sex trafficking and protecting its victims, the bill has been opposed by groups like the ACLU, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Center for Democracy and Technology, as well as many tech companies and trade associations, including CompTIA.
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  • Mission Economic Development Corporation Receives Grant for CompTIA Cybersecurity Training

    by Sarah Matz | Mar 01, 2018
    After a successful first year of the Mission Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) boot camp, the organization announced last week they are continuing their boot camps after receiving a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. During a press conference held at the Mission Center for Education and Economic Development recently, the MEDC accepted a $496,120 grant to continue providing CompTIA cybersecurity training to Rio Grande Valley residents.
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  • Day at the Arizona State Capitol Included Coding Event and Legislative Meetings

    by Kara Bush | Feb 28, 2018
    Earlier this week, CompTIA hosted a "Preparing the Future Workforce though Computer Science Education and Coding" in Phoenix, Arizona. CompTIA in partnership with Apple held a two hour training/education session for legislators and staff to better understand the industry and need for computer science. A hands-on coding session was introduced to legislators and staff in a new, fun and interactive coding experience called "Everyone Can Code using Swift Playgrounds."
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  • An Informative Overview of Government Priorities Shared during Capitol Hill Speakers Series at Fly-In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    On the morning February 14, we held the Capitol Hill Speaker Series at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. It featured high-ranking officials from the Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Homeland Security and provided Fly-In attendees with an informative overview of government priorities for the coming year around the tech agenda. It also gave attendees added knowledge of tech issues before hitting the halls of Congress for Fly-In meetings.
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  • 2018 CompTIA Tech Champions Honored at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    On February 13th, we held our 7th annual CompTIA Tech Champion Awards dinner at the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In. The Tech Champion Award is given to one member of the House of Representatives, one member of the Senate, and one executive from industry who has exemplified leadership in the technology sector and have championed policies that advance the country's information technology (IT) industry.
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  • BLOCKCHAIN: What Does the Future Hold? Discussed at Tech Policy Summit at Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Blockchains have emerged as possibly one of the next big transformational technologies for government use in an effort to provide citizens with easy, online access to services and transactions. Blockchain technology is also at the forefront of many private industry sectors, including banking, real estate, and health care.
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  • Spectrum: The Fuel for 5G and IoT Discussed During the Tech Policy Summit at DC Fly In

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Earlier this year, the FCC concluded its broadcast incentive auction, which repurposed 84 MHz of low-band broadcast spectrum for (primarily) licensed wireless use. While this spectrum will go a long way towards boosting wireless connectivity and capacity, it represents what is likely the last time such a large swath of low-band spectrum (below 3 Ghz) will ever be available at auction.
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  • Tech Summit at 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In Kicks Off with a Panel about Achieving a Skilled America

    by Lana Sansur | Feb 19, 2018
    Our nation relies on a modern, highly-skilled workforce to remain competitive and innovative in today’s global economy. Yet current policies are inhibiting our ability to find and retain top-talent as well as cultivate a sustainable long-term talent pipeline that is required to achieve a strong 21st century workforce. At the 2018 CompTIA DC Fly-In, our Tech Policy Summit kicked off with a panel titled “Taking a Holistic Approach to Achieve a Skilled America” which examined high skilled immigration reform, improvement to STEM education curriculums, and job training.
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